07 Apr What Is Tourmaline Gemstone ?
Tourmaline Stone is a large group of boron silicate minerals.
Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone. It can be found in a wide variety of colors.
Tourmaline is one of the most popular gemstones because it occurs in every color. Different colors can be classified in different names.
Red tourmaline is known as Rubellite.
Blue tourmaline is known as Indicolite.
Green tourmaline colored by chromium is often known as Chrome tourmaline.
Black tourmaline is known as Schorl.
Tourmaline gems are mined mainly in Brazil and many parts of Africa, including Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria , Mozambique, and Namibia. It is also mined in Asia, mainly in Pakistan, Indonesia , and Afghanistan as well as in Sri Lanka and India, where some fine material suitable for gem use is found.
BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES
Tourmaline is the birthstone for October month, along with opal. Tourmaline is also the gemstone for the eighth anniversary.
This makes tourmaline rings, pendants, bangles, etc. an perfect birthday gift for someone born in October.
TOURMALINE BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY
Tourmaline is the modern October birthstone. Very few gems match tourmaline’s variety of colors. Among the most popular colors are the Rubillites, Green & Paraiba Tourmaline.
It is easy to find in jewelry stores. Well-formed tourmaline are valued high these tourmaline with attractive colors and crystal forms can be sold for thousands of dollars.
Because of its wide range of colors, tourmaline was often mistaken for other gemstones Ruby with red (rubellite) tourmaline & Green Tourmaline with (emerald).
Tourmaline has one of the widest color ranges of any gem species, occurring in various shades.
Many tourmaline color varieties have inspired their own names:
- Rubellite is a name for pink red, brownish red, orangy red, or purplish red tourmaline, it does not include pink tourmaline.
- Indicolite is a name for dark violetish blue, blue, or greenish blue tourmaline.
- Paraiba is a name for intense violetish blue, greenish blue, or blue tourmaline.
- Chrome tourmaline is a name for intense green tormaline.
- Bio-colored tourmaline displays more than one color.
- Watermelon tourmaline is a name for pink in the center and green around the outside. Crystals of this material are typically cut in shape of slices to display this special arrangement.
Rubies bring the color red to mind while emeralds make one think of green. However, there is one such stone that is available in all the colours of a rainbow. Yes, we are talking about tourmalines. The colour of these stones ranges from bright yellow and warm orange to cool blue and deep black. It is no surprise that tourmalines are known as the gemstone with the widest colour range.
Tourmalines Gemstone measure 7 to 7.5 on the scale of hardness. This means that it is quite hard and resistant to scratches. Tourmalines also have no cleavages and as a result, they are extremely durable.
Today, Brazil is one of the richest sources of tourmaline. The stones mined here are known for their vivid blue and green hues.
How to tell Real Tourmaline apart from Fake Tourmaline Gemstone?
Tourmaline is naturally available abundantly and in many colours. Hence it is usually not made in a lab. However, people have still tried to sell coloured glass or quartz crystals in its name. Knowing some of the features of a tourmaline can help you shop wisely. Tourmalines are extremely hard gemstones and cannot be scratched easily. So, if a stone has scratches on it, it cannot be a tourmaline. Natural tourmalines also change colour when viewed under artificial light. Most pink tourmaline stones will display a brownish undertone.
Tourmalines are popular gemstones for all types of jewellery. The wide range of their colours goes well with all precious metals. When you buy tourmalines, you should pay close attention to the 4 ‘C’s. This refers to the colour, cut, clarity and carat.
Colour: When it comes to valuation, this is the most important factor. Paraiba tourmalines with their neon blue hues are the most expensive ones in the family of this gemstone. These tourmalines are much rarer and hence demand a higher price. And then there are the bi coloured tourmalines. Stones with a green exterior and a pink core are the most common.
Cut: Tourmaline generally have a Faceted cut. Tourmalines are naturally available in the form of long crystals. Most stones show a variation of colour along its length. This is because the stones may appear very dark when viewed lengthwise. Tourmalines are commonly cut as baguettes, octagons or marquise shapes. This helps showcase the unique colour properties of the stone and reduce waste.
Clarity: As with other gemstones, clear tourmalines are the most valuable even though they are rare. Tourmalines are often found with thread-like inclusions. When you place the stone under a magnifying lens, these inclusions will appear to be filled with tiny gas or liquid bubbles.
Carat: The per-carat price of a tourmaline may vary as per the weight. Fashioned tourmalines are available in larger sizes but are quite rare.
Tourmaline is a hard, durable stone. However, the life of a stone depends on how well it is kept.